June 22 (Renewables Now) - The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Virunga Power Kenya Ltd to support the development of three run-of-river hydropower plants in Kenya.
The grant will fund a feasibility study to assess the viability of the sites for power production. The study will be conducted by a US firm that will be selected on a competitive basis, USTDA said on Wednesday. The grant will also help examine the best approach for delivering electricity to local homes and businesses.
Lida Fitts, USTDA's regional director for Sub-Saharan Africa, said the study will allow the developers to identify US equipment manufacturers and service providers for outfitting the hydroelectric facilities.
"These funds will help Kenya reach its rural electrification targets, in addition to promoting the business case for community co-ownership and participation in small renewable energy projects across the region and beyond," commented Virunga Power Kenya's founder and managing director Brian Kelly.